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Trapped

The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10,721 ratings)

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After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.

©2012 Random House Audio (P)2012 Kevin Hearne

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"It may be possible that Hearne and Atticus are the logical heir to Butcher and Dresden." (SFFWorld)

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Another great Iron Druid book.

What did you love best about Trapped?

It was faced paced, funny and keeps you wanting the next installment.

What other book might you compare Trapped to and why?

Closest would be the Dresden Files crossed with Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Oberon.. of course. He is the anchor for the series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It would be a spoiler but if you've read the series you will see it coming a mile away.

Any additional comments?

great book, wonderful series, Oberon rules!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Best since Hounded

When I read the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, I was so happy to find a fresh story with a like-ably flawed hero and his dog. I'll be honest, I've professed my love of all things Oberon so often it's almost embarrassing. But he's here in all his bacon-loving glory. And I'll just say it - I can't stand a hero who's supposed to be hundreds or thousands of years old and has the mentality of a teenage boy. Atticus is witty, but he's not stupid. And he's often wrong, because he's human, but that's what makes it fun when the angry gods are chasing him around.

If you're reading this review, then you've probably already read the rest of the series. Maybe you got annoyed with Coyote, or didn't like the sad bits in the previous books. Trapped moves beyond that, and Atticus has to pay for his previous shenanigans with Granuaile and Oberon at his side, but it's all fun. I found myself enjoying Trapped as much as I'd enjoyed anything in a long time. Plus, there are dark elves. I'm going to keep it spoiler free, but trust me, you won't be disappointed. Five Stars.

I can't wait for Hunted.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Well worth the wait!

This was another excellent installment in the continuing saga of the Iron Druid. If you liked the previous books, you will love this one as well. If you have not listened to the other books, I recommend you start there.

If you are like me and are always looking for other books you may like, you might wan to try Brandon' Sanderson's "The Stormlight Archives: The Way of Kings," "The Scar," by Sergey and Marina Dyechenko, "The son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, the most recent installment in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepard - "Furious" - although I think this installment in the series did not really advance the story as much as I would have liked, it still moves the story along some. Please find out what other reviewers have to say before deciding if to read any of the above series. I enjoyed them all, but some more than others. If there is a book you enjoyed, please share it. Thank you.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as some of the others in the series

I started the Iron Druid Chronicles some time ago and liked the books, but it was the narrator that I really liked. And now someone's gone and had him reading Shakespeare or something for the last six months... what happened? He used to sound like a guy, telling me his story (which was a big part of the attraction), and now he sounds like a Narrator, With Extra N, all deep, abnormal voice and over-pronunciation like I'm listening to Theatre.

Otherwise, the book was pretty good... it continues the saga into the beginnings of Ragnarok. I especially enjoyed the part where Granuaile is able to shift and Oberon is laughing at her. *I* was laughing so hard I nearly wet myself, and had to excuse myself from the office to outside.

I just wish the ending was a little more climactic... maybe it's because I'm listening, not reading, but the endings always seem so rushed. Overall, it was pretty good, though I liked some of the previous books better.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as the last 4 books

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Im not sure.... I loved books 1-4 but this one seemed to lack a real story.

If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

His other books in the series are great. This one just left me wishing for more.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He should have kept it the same. For some reason he switched up his style for this book. Changing the way some of the characters sounded.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Still good despite....

Would you consider the audio edition of Trapped to be better than the print version?

Yes. I like all the ethnic accents Luke Daniels performs.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Perun

Any additional comments?

I still like this series. Lots of clever stuff and keeps me entertained but there are a few things that bug me a little.

Oberon. Good in small doses mainly when he gives what you might imagine a dogs perspective of some outrageous senario might be. Bad when he becomes too much of a "character"with his too long cultural references and language observances.

Atticus. Supposed to be 2100 years old yet acts like he is 21 years old. The great advantage of living that long would be accumulatin of great wisdom. He makes many decisions which would be obviously unwise even for a 21 year old. It would be nice to see him think his way out of the messes he places himself within rather than his continual mental blunders which keep making things worse. Now every concievable god and creature is out to kill him but somehow I'm sure he will manage to survive.

Granuale. Goes from bartender to total badass in just 12 years. Come on.

Its still a good series though. As light entertainment goes.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fast Food Fantasy


This book is entertaining like the previous four books; however, style and story lines are pretty much the same here. This book is probably more entertaining due to narrator that it would be otherwise. The voice of the hound is very well done once again. Iron Druid again mocking a powerful being and running around to avoid the repercussions of his previous actions.

There are couple of problems for me in this series. First, story pretty much told from a single character's perspective lacking others point of view. Most folks who use to reading more sophisticated fantasy books would notice the lack of perspectives from other characters.

Second, Iron druid seems to be either too powerful or other players in the book (including major deities from various myths) are not putting their powers to good use which basically is the symptom of the first problem. I cant help but think that this is fantasy equivalent of fast food that it does not seem to have a lot of substance

Regardless, it is an entertaining book and I burned through it in few days. I would recommend this book, and would happily pick up the next installment.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Pretty darned good.

This was probably my least favourite installment to date; that being said, I’m still giving it four stars because Kevin Hearne’s humor and sharp writing continue to dazzle me even though in this particular instance the story did not. TRAPPED felt like a segue book; it’s twelve years later and the time has come for Granuaile to become a druid, but in order for that to happen the author had to tie up a few loose ends and introduce new plot threads. I still found it to be an enjoyable listen; Oberon always manages to bring a smile to my face, and Luke Daniels is an incredibly talented narrator who could make algebra sound interesting.

All of the previous novels in this series have revolved around a particular lore whether it is the Tuatha Dé Danann or Thor the thunder god. This installment introduces Olympian mythology which I’m assuming will be the main focus of HUNTED and dabbles in Norse a bit as well, but otherwise it’s mostly about Granuaile. When she first showed up in THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but her character has grown on me over the last few novels, and she really shines in this latest one. I like how she challenges O’Sullivan at every turn and yet is still the yin to his yang. I was so happy with the turn their relationship takes in TRAPPED.

I continue to consistently laugh out loud whenever I listen to these audiobooks. Oberon’s up to his usual antics except this time it’s a new religion called Poochism, and he now gets double the attention because Granuaile can speak to him too. Atticus’ “Nigel from Toronto” identity makes another appearance along with a fun (and accurate) pop culture reference about the Leaf’s hockey team and their penchant for suckage (fyi I’m a Habs fan). In fact, this novel is full of Canadian Easter eggs because the gang even hides out in good ol’ Manitoba for a stint. O’Sullivan’s fifteen centuries of blaming the dark elves for EVERYTHING finally comes to bite him in the butt too when they decide that enough is enough.

Luke Daniels continues to hold me in thrall with his infectious energy and authentic narration. His enactment of Oberon is always good for a chuckle, and he makes a splendid Atticus O’Sullivan as well. Heck, even his rendition of Granuaile is good! I don’t think I’d be finding this series nearly as entertaining as I am without his voice in my ears. Daniels is equally as skilled at delivering punch lines as he is upping the pace during the action scenes; although, this installment was a little tamer that its predecessors because he didn’t have to read from a giant squirrel’s POV or sing one of the wolfhound’s silly songs.

I gave my guy book 1 for Christmas, and at the time of this review’s writing, he’d jumped ahead of me and had already started reading HUNTED; I’m told that it’s his favourite installment so far. Now, coming from a man who normally reads only a couple of novels a year read, six in two months is a testament and a half to this series’ awesomeness. TRAPPED is the worst of the best and when you’re talking about Kevin Hearne’s writing that still means that it was pretty darned good.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Jumped the Shark

What would have made Trapped better?

Less comic book action, the entire point to the amazing character development in the series was lost.

What could Kevin Hearne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I loved the conversations and character development in the series. But that was lost when it turned into Kill Bill meets Die Hard.

Which scene was your favorite?

First two chapters... down hill from there.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Trapped?

It was well edited, the premise of the book was the issue. It lost focus and started building toward body count.

Any additional comments?

I am a huge fan of the series, and I will continue to be. However, in my mind the series will end at book 4. (This is very similar to the Eragon Series, I didn't even read the final book in that series, although I'm still a fan of book one.)

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A little disappointed, but will get the next one

After the awesomeness of the first three I felt a little let down.

Quite frankly, a week after finishing it, I don't remember the ending. I didn't have the second part downloaded when the first part ended, so I started listening to the new Harry Dresden I had downloaded too, until I could get to wifi. Instead I listened to ALL of Cold Days before coming back to the second half of this book.

Maybe it was my own expectations being too high. I didn't have to wait to read the first three, but had to wait for this one, and I really wanted to read the story that gave us a new Druid.

Maybe it was the narrator's Oberon voice. I HATED how he voiced Oberon. It drove me up the wall. He made the dog sound like he had brain damage and a tongue transplant. Apart from that, he was fine tho.

Maybe it was because I felt he took an oft-repeated one-line joke from the first three books and basically made a major plot point out of it - although I had actually been WAITING for that joke to catch up to him (no, I won't tell you the joke, go listen)

Don't get me wrong, the book isn't bad at all. The action moves along at a decent clip, I definitely enjoyed the vampires, both old and new.

Just...

I was hoping for better after the first three.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful